*A TRIP IN 3583 TO CITYLINE HUTT
DEPOT is planned for
* A VISIT TO THE OLD TIME CINEMA,
Subscription unpaid? Some subs are still unpaid. Treasurer, Morris Moller, would appreciate hearing from you. Sub forms were sent out earlier but, if you need one, ask either Morris (475 9467) or Henry (476 7278) to send you one. Subs are $25.00 per year or $12.50 for non-earners.
OUR FLEET…Thanks to Henry Brittain
119 – the rear brake shoes on this BUT trolley are being replaced. Once this is done, the vehicle will be mobile again.
Trolleys for parts – not exactly fleet items but relevant here. We have been offered two trolley buses as a source of parts. They are BUTs 92 (English MCW bodywork) at Trentham and 112 (NZMB bodywork) at Levin. Both will be inspected on site so we can see what is salvageable from them before deciding their fate.
OBSERVATIONS…Thanks to Graeme Inwood, Stan White, Anthony Greaney, Peter Thompson, Gerard Cooper
2430/ CKY 967; 2431/ CKY 969; 2432/
CLJ 74; 2433/ CLJ 78; 2434/
CLT 711; 2435/ CLT 712 are all at City Depot. 2436/ CMF 430; 2437/ CMF 432; 2438/
CML 343; 2439/ CML 344; 2440/ CML 345; 2441/ CNE 136; 2442/
CNE 138; 2443/ CNR 583; 2444/ CNR 591; 2445/ CNR 604; 2446/
CNR 605; 2447/ CPC 191; 2448/ CPC 199; 2449/ CPG 39; 2450/
CPG 40 are all at Wiri Depot. (See also the
All Leopards and many M-B 0305s have been sold out of the fleet.
CHRISTCHURCH – Gerard
reports that, at the end of last year, Christchurch Bus Services were
successful in obtaining all available tenders as follows: 60 Parklands/New
Brighton (ex Redbus); 70 Queenspark (ex Leopard); and The Orbiter (ex Leopard).
However, it was decided to hand back the latter route so Leopard were
successful in retaining it. CBS have four MAN 15.220 51-seaters being built at
Kiwi for these services, and a further sixteen Optare Excels coming from Trent Barton
Another tender round is under way at present, with results known next
month. Routes included are: 5 Southshore/New Brighton/Hornby/Templeton; 42
Avondale; 43 Burwood; 51 Aranui; 81/82 Lincoln; 83 Hei Hei; 84 Russley; Hornby
to Lincoln Shuttle; and Burnham via Rolleston. Under the proposed changes, the
83 and 43 will link up, and so will the 84 and 42. Shuttles will run between
Hornby Mall and
HAWKES BAY – Nimons – Anthony
notes a new purchase with an interesting history - it is 6/ZH 6548,
Volvo B10M, Van Hool, B51D, purchased 2/05 ex Leopard C/L,
Also purchased, in 1/05, was 2/BNC 409, 1992 Mitsubishi Fuso
MP618KUR, B23F. It was imported from
Anthony also comments on Nimon’s dramatic personnel changes over the last six months in all areas, some having left for personal reasons and others having been head-hunted by other operators. Changes to the administration staff have been so complete that all the old staff are gone, including everyone’s best-known contact, Grant Taylor. For enthusiasts, it has become virtually “virgin” territory again. So, Anthony says, be warned. Anyone going to Nimons will not necessarily be automatically recognised. Be prepared to explain who you are, what you are doing, what the Omnibus Society is about and so on.
ROTORUA – After timetable and
service changes in July, 2004, the Cityride buses run by Reesbys have
carried more than 150,000 people, more apparently than the whole of the
previous year. Cash fares have risen slightly but smartcard fares have dropped.
Your Editor, in Rotorua at Easter, was impressed with the timekeeping, loadings
and cleanliness of vehicles as they arrived and departed on their half-hourly
schedule from the
Stagecoach – Trolleybuses – Despite being reported in The Dominion Post
of 1 April, (note date), the future of Wellington’s trolley buses looks
assured with LTNZ contributing an extra $7.5m over the next 10 years towards
the cost of the 60 new vehicles. However, this cash will come from January’s
Government-provided package for
Further trolley details have come from Graeme, also, as follows: 301 re-entered service on 5 April.
Hot off the email! - Graeme, as part of a S/C group, visited
Designline, Ashburton, on 12 April. 302 and 303 were in different
stages of construction, completion of both being due for 29 April. A week’s
testing will be done in Ashburton before shipping to
Speaking of diesels, there are apparently nine new 2400s for
The only 400 Leopard left is, of course, 401, parked where Graeme
left it after their joint starring roles in the NZ short film Baggage.
There is still no definitive word on whether it is going to go to a
Mana Coach Services (Kapiti Depot) – Newlands 143/ NCS 43, 1989 Hino RG197 34-seat coach is at Kapiti Depot for engine repairs. Leyland Tiger coach, 135/ NCS 35, has had its engine repaired and is in use again as a charter vehicle. M-B 0302 46, still in use, though sold, has a blown exhaust – sounded like an original unsilenced DA loco to your Editor when he heard it returning disgraced to the Depot! Most impressive!
Kapiti 4 Seasons Tours – it seems that proprietor,
Trevor Fitzgeorge, has indeed bought refurbished ex-CTB
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